‘We weren’t an itch we could scratch. We were fire that would never extinguish, and we’d burn anything in our path to keep getting what we wanted. What we needed.’
I’d been looking forward to Jackson and Willa’s story and Ella didn’t disappoint. The heartbreak is bleeding off the pages of this forbidden love story. Throw in a couple of extra twists and turns and a man that needs to come crawling on his knees and it’s everything you didn’t know you needed.
I love that the timeline starts when they were kids, goes through to their first kiss, onto the heartbreak and into maturity before reconciliation.
Willa was a sweetie but everyone added to any naivety she had by continually sheltering her from the ‘big’ discussions. Jackson had a huge chip on his shoulder that didn’t really leave until he took advice from Lars.
I love Ella’s writing and I look forward to reading all her books.
I have known this book was coming for a while... just as I have known it would tear me apart. Ella Fields' writing gets better with each book and this one was no different. I absolutely smashed through it because I couldn't put it down, despite wanting to savour it. Jackson and Willa are characters I had been waiting to read about, as Ella had given us small details here and there throughout her other books in the Magnolia Cove series. It was always going to be a forbidden romance for these 2 but it was more than that. Ella writes these characters in a way that you want to be friends and comfort them. It is uncanny that every story she writes, regardless of the themes or plot, you fall in love. And throw in a large amount of angst... because it is written by Ella Fields after all. And you have a heartbreaker, throw your kindle, teary, beautiful romance. Honestly can't get enough!
I have yet to read a book by this author that I did not love with my whole heart. But with HEARTS AND THORNS, Ella Fields has finally smashed my forlorn heart to smithereens.
This story is so heavy laden with such intense angst that at times I was so distraught for her characters I felt physically ill. I had to take a break; the overwhelming emotion induced nausea was so real. That is how vivid and powerful Fields' words are, and how emotionally invested you become in her characters worlds and relationships.
We've met her central characters in this work, Jackson and Willa, before. These step-siblings, and their not-so-secret relationship is introduced in the previous two offerings in this wonderful Magnolia Cove series, but in this book we get to see where their undeniable bond and their clandestine love affair begins; and there's such purity and innocence in it's evolution, you can't help but root for it's success.
But they don't call it forbidden love without reason, and despite it seeming to be so right, so destined, it was also always destined to be so wrong, and once discovered, all hell breaks lose.
You will switch allegiances with these characters from one chapter to the next and then also want to fight for them as a team, such is the push and pull this tale will have on your heart. And if I can give any advice to the prospective reader? Hang in there! Your heart will go through the wringer but this pair are more than worth every tear!
This is a 10 star heartbreaker of epic proportions!!!
Hearts And Thorns was a forbidden step brother YA/NA romance! Willa and Jackson's journey was a rollercoaster ride full of angst, heartache and heartbreak! l really enjoyed this read even though my heart wasn't at times!
Get ready for some angst! But I think that's why I love reading Ella Fields so much. I seem to be a glutton for punishment because no matter what Ella puts me through, I eagerly await her next story.
This is a step-sibling romance but the story makes you question everything. Just because Jackson and Willa grew up together does it really make it taboo? However sometimes I wondered whether the two of them should be together and their treatment of each other wasn't always the best. But there was so much love and closeness between them and try as they might to hide it from everyone, it came out and had devastating consequences. I didn't always agree with the actions of Jackson and Willa. Sometimes I wanted to scream at them for their choices and behaviour.
After everything they felt, how could they just break my heart like that! Like a train wreck, I couldn't believe what I was witnessing and wondered how could this possibly resolve itself. I feared that maybe it wouldn't be able to and thought how could this happen! Jackson could be particularly cruel and Willa's actions weren't always the wisest. But those were their choices and sometimes people need to make certain mistakes in order to realise the path they need to take. The story made me feel a great deal of angst and heartache. So make sure you are ready for an angst driven, heart crushing ride where nothing seems to go right and yet, we end up right were we need to.
Oh my lord!!!! She does it again and I really shouldn’t be surprised. Every single time I open a Ella Fields book, I think I have prepared myself but.... nope!! Not even by a long shot can I prepare for all the feelings she pulls out of me. She is like a magician .
This story was EVERYTHING!!! Omg all the FEELS 😭😭😭 Ella Fields is so damn special , her talent has no end, her extraordinary words come together to give is a story that’s unforgettable. She is the queen of Angst , the princess of romance and the master of everlasting love.
Willa & Jackson ... Oh My!!! I’m not sure I could even properly express how much I adore these two. Forbidden love, childhood best friends who are not meant to see each other in any other form but siblings (due to be step brother/Sister) but nothing could prevent them from falling , the heart wants what the heart wants, and as much as they try to bury feelings/emotions the more they want EVERYTHING. This journey was everything I wanted and so much more. My tissues come in handy , but my poor eyes were a mess by the end.
Let’s just talk about the ANGST for a bit!!!! As I have mentioned, Ella is the Queen 👸 when it comes to Angsty romance and I totally stand by that statement with Hearts and Thorns. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside when her characters make each other hurt, the more they bleed the more I’m sitting on the edge of my seat . (I’m a sadist, yes I know lol) but I find I just can’t get enough and this story has all the angst but So much more.
I highly recommend this book (actually All her books) and cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next
When childhood innocence transforms into forbidden romance, Ella Fields delivers a bittersweet narrative that touches on more than falling in love with someone you shouldn’t—it’s about family, heartache and forgiveness. Hearts and Thorns, evocative in deliverance and angst-ridden in content, traverses the tumultuous waves of first loves and second chances that will leave your heart tattered and bruised, but the true authentic qualities and the overall deliverance ensures this heart-rending narrative will resonate with readers.
"We weren’t an itch we could scratch. We were fire that would never extinguish, and we’d burn anything in our path to keep getting what we wanted."
Destruction was inevitable for Willa and Jackson. Pure, childhood innocence turned into a forbidden connection—an intoxication and exhilaration, albeit dishonest and secretive as they deceived family and friends. It didn’t diminish or minimise their romance though, it only made it more worthwhile because, despite the unavoidable heartache, true love overcomes adversities. Willa and Jackson's chemistry rendered my emotions exhausted but soaring as they were allowed a second chance to rekindle a distinct bond difficult to dismantle.
“We’ll never be perfect, Jackson.” “I know,” he said. “I know, but there’s no one else I’d rather be imperfect with.”
Hearts and Thorns is raw, full of endless heartache, though full with beloved life experiences of falling unconditionally and irrevocably in love; of bittersweet first loves and second chances in romance; of traversing the treacherous waves unfairly hurled at us, but returning with renewed strength and feeling indestructible. Hearts and Thorns is wonderfully enthralling and without fail, it realistically demonstrates that love isn’t easy—sometimes it is bittersweet, complex beyond recognition, full of heart-aching emotions and frayed around the edges, but tender moments and irreplaceable memories await.
I feel like a broken record when I say this but Ella this is your best book to date, it totally devastated me and left me like a washed out rag. Ella is an author who seems to be able to tap into angst like no other author. Her characters always feel so real it's like I know and can identify with them on a deeper level. Jackson and Willa have been a story that I have been not so patiently waiting on. To be honest I wasn't sure what direction the story was going to go in but I was not disappointed at all. If I ask the question how can two people who love so fiercly hurt each other so much I am really not sure what the answer is but these two manage to do just that with spectacular precision. The hurt bleeds from the pages and the destruction their and others actions have cause ripples that fracture family and friendhships for a long time. There were so many moments that I had to take a breath and breathe through the pain and just pray they would all come out whole on the other side of this love war. Ella you have done it again made me happy and sad, made me love and hate. This was a hard painful beautiful journey from beginning to end.
This is a standalone stepbrother/romance book by Ella Fields in the Magnolia Cove series. It is a beautifully written story which tells the POV of both characters: Jackson and Willa, stepbrother/sister whose relationship is like a car crash that you can’t stop watching. These two characters share a bond that most people can only wish for, only for it to change over the years and develop into something more and which many would see as forbidden.
This is a definite page turner and there are moments in the book which take your breathe away and you’re sometimes left wondering what Jackson is really thinking when it comes to his relationship with Willa. If anything, Ella Fields has created a book which is romantic as it is dramatic with a whole lot of feels thrown in for good measure. But overall, this is a love story of epic proportion, even with its sense of the forbidden which is casually thrown in.
If you like romantic angst, then Ella Fields books are the ones for you!
ARC received for a fair, honest and sometimes long review 😊
A step sibling romance at its finest, this book stuck with me when I had to put it down to complete real life jobs. I had so many layers and depth to it, you just get sucked further and further into this amazing book.
We meet out main protagonists as children who are forced together as brother and sister, to becoming eachothers secret desires and trying to navigate that taboo as best as they could. The angst and heartbreak is real and raw and at times you feel that the happy ending you are hoping for is never going to happen. What an amazing book to start the year off with.